Overheard: 'Octomom' should take responsibility
Nadya Suleman (center) is mom to 14 children, including the world's first known surviving set of octuplets.
July 1st, 2011
05:45 PM ET

Overheard: 'Octomom' should take responsibility

Comment of the Day:

Someone should have taken the reins away from this woman ages ago. I'm not saying that she has no personal responsibility here, just that she may not be as able to control her impulses as a healthy person. People around her have been enabling her loon ball behavior for years.—Al

Magazine: Babies 'disgust' Octomom

Nadya Suleman (more commonly referred to in some circles as “Octomom”) is no stranger to the criticism surrounding her use of in vitro fertilization to conceive eight children. In this week’s edition of In Touch magazine, Suleman reportedly commented that babies disgust her and that she is having difficulties raising her six older children. CNN.com readers had a mixed reaction to the reports.

T Colber said “After hearing the 'Howard Stern' interview, I believe the press has in some cases exaggerated things she says or does. We all have meltdowns and try to cope with stress, etc. One statement does not make a person or show their behavior.”

Mark felt that Suleman has little reason for complaint. He said, “What really disturbs me is how she portrays herself as the 'victim,' as if these children magically appeared in her life, and now she's stuck with them. Excuse me, but who sought in vitro fertilization, despite already having six children, whom you can't support? Was this immaculate conception? DOUBT IT!!”

User QS says Suleman should have expected this type of backlash. “Simply having the right to say anything you want does not exempt you from the consequences of the things you say.”

Austin said, “Yes, she needs to be quiet! Every mother has regretted inappropriate thoughts about their own children when stressed, but none should actually voice them and especially never to a reporter!”

Aquallama said, “Well, I think we all knew she wasn't emotionally stable to begin with. This sounds less like a cry for help and more like a cry for attention and handouts. Child investigative services needs to be visiting this home weekly, if not more.”

Judge releases Dominque Strauss-Kahn

Although a New York judge released former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn from house arrest today, many CNN.com readers believe that decisions by both the prosecution and the judge were biased in favor of the wealthy and powerful defendant.

Dapzy said, “As usual, the voiceless, faceless poor woman from the Third World country without the best prosecutors that money can buy, is the victim. Kahn would still be brought to justice. It's just a matter of time.”

Guest said, “Hey, court case is battle for survival, if you got money spend it for freedom.”

Some users, however, believed that Strauss-Kahn’s accuser was motivated by money. Reguest said, “too many things didn't add up - It looked like a setup all along.”

Zungnyaj said, “She's a poor immigrant services worker; she'll get paid to keep quiet now and the charges will be dropped. The nobility reign again.”

What’s wrong with eating dog meat?

In Seoul, South Korea, eating dog meat is part of their culture — so much so, in fact, that they recently held a dog meat festival. Foods like barbecued paws are considered delicacies.  However, despite this cultural tradition, many Americans have protested the consumption of dog meat. On CNN.com, most commenters expressed revulsion.

DrewNT said, "The problem is that dogs are literally connected to humanity's social evolution. (Long story short: this precedent leads to dogs developing a quasi-human role as social partners, which is why they can be distinguished from other animals.)"

Libby said, "I cannot imagine eating a dog or cat for that matter! And yes, I do eat meat! That is just not right!"

LeeATL said, "This story freaks me out! Eating a dog for me, would be like eating a human being. It's all cultural I understand, but it just seems so backward."

Not everyone drew the line between pets and livestock, though. Tim said, "An animal is an animal is an animal. I raise my own food – pigs, chickens, etc., and there is NO difference between killing a pig for food, and a dog."

soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Mei

    I think the general public and press have been extremely unfair to the octomom. True, she has issues (who doesn't) and she probably does feel a victim because when she went into invitro (which I don't believe in personally, by the way), she didn't think she'd end up with 8 extra children. I think the public is mean to her because the world in general is not child-friendly. The way the kids came into the world was wrong in my opinion but WE, the community, have a responsibility to help those children despite what their mom is like. I'm sure most people have made major mistakes in their life. Maybe not with pregnancy but relationship issues, money issues, etc. We should try to help this mom, not continually bash her in public.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. troll baba loo

    What disgusts me is so many kids coming out of that b!tch.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. troll baba loo

    I'm also disgusted at how much we have to pay this b!tch in food stamps and welfare so she can keep popping out kids!

    July 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bill

    @mel help her? Seriously? We give her all kinds of money. To quote a famous book out now go the F ck to sleep. There I cussed, does it make me cool like the book people?

    July 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    That cussing thing and the book is getting a little tired, sweetie.
    Although I agree with the rest of your post.

    She chose to go ahead with the in vitro, even though she couldn't afford and couldn't raise the six children she already had.
    She now has 14 children.
    Her silly plans for a reality show didn't pan out.
    Her 15 minutes is fading fast.
    I have no more desire to help her than I do any other moronic person who wants to cash in off of how many children they have.
    It's simple economics.
    If you cannot afford the kids, do not conceive.
    Pretty simple, huh?

    July 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I always thought that Strauss-Kahn was set up by the housekeeper.
    I know how innocent I was when a hotel housekeeper, whom I had never seen, tried to accuse me of ex-
    posing myself to her about five years ago.
    I never did see her.

    July 1, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I don't want to pay one penny of taxes for Octomom's children's food stamps.
    Now she should give them to childless couples or feed them herself.
    I would never bring a child into the world if I couldn't support him.

    July 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. troll baba loo

    But I thought she had that million dollar p orn contract thing going on, what ever became of that?

    July 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. troll baba loo

    Why should us tax payers have to take care of her a ss if she was offered a cool mill.

    July 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    She wanted to be rich and famous.
    Well, now she's had a little fame.

    July 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. troll baba loo

    Maybe she didn't pass the sniff test, he he.

    July 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bill

    @banasy: yeah sorry, mel's comment was so ridiculous though that I just couldn't resist.

    July 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    A P0RN contract?
    Are you serious?
    *Who* would tap that, even if he were getting paid???

    I agree totally.
    It's all good.

    July 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Trollie McTrollenstein

    What a f.cking boring world it would be if we only had cow, pig, chicken, and mild fish.

    July 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy

    I rarely get flabbergasted, but, really...
    A P0RN contract????
    I just can't wrap my brain around that one.....
    (Wipes a tear away)

    July 1, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
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